Zorya – Shakhtar: before the match

Friday, March 15, 2019



On March 16, the Orange-and-Blacks will have an away game vs Zorya in Zaporizhya

The match at the Slavutych Arena kicks off at 17:00.
Shakhtar are topping the table with 54 points (+17=3–1), Zorya are in the 4th spot with 32 points (+8=8–5).
In 2019
In 3 rounds after the winter break, Zorya have claimed diverse results: a defeat (0-5 at Dynamo), a victory (3-0 over Vorskla), and a draw (0-0 vs Lviv).
Zorya’s home game
Zorya’s unbeaten run in Zaporizhia comprises 6 games. Last time, the men of Yurii Vernydub lost 0-2 to Desna at the Slavutych Arena on August 26, 2018. The recent outcomes: 1-1 (vs Dynamo), 0-0 (vs Lviv), 0-0 (vs Oleksandriia), 2-1 (vs Karpaty), 3-0 (vs Arsenal-Kyiv), 3-0 (vs Vorskla).
Karavaev is top scorer
The best scorer of the Luhansk team is Shakhtar academy graduate Oleksandr Karavaev. In terms of the number of goals scored (6), he is inferior to Marlos (9) and Junior Moraes (15), while the Shakhtar midfielder Viktor Kovalenko is 1 goal behind Karavaev.
Fonseca vs Vernydub
The teams of Paulo Fonseca and Yurii Vernydub will meet for the 11th time. The Portuguese’s side have a statistical advantage: 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in all competitions.
Kovalenko’s milestone app
Viktor Kovalenko is about to make his 150th appearance for Shakhtar. For today, he has 94 league appearances, 15 Cup ones, 4 Ukrainian Super Cup ones, as well as 36 apps in European competitions.
Chance to extend the scoring streak
Shakhtar have scored goals in 14 previous meetings with Zorya in the Ukrainian Championship and the Cup (since April 2015). During this period, Shakhtar netted 37 and conceded 17 goals vs the Luhansk side.